Sometimes I feel so sorry for Beth (Scarlett's cardiologist). I call her ALL THE TIME. I text message her. I email her. I page her...and every cardiologist visit is usually (at least) an hour long because I take my little black notebook with me full of questions that I've written down in the previous 3 weeks. After Scarlett was born and before her 2nd surgery, I saw Beth *at least* every three weeks. But most of the time I saw her practically every week or every other week, because I am a worry wart...or it was for a Eller Congenital Heart Center Family Council meeting.
Yesterday, I was changing Scarlett's diaper and I started to get worried that she hadn't pooped in 48 hours. So I breifly pause...should I page Beth?... and of course without hesitation I think... Duh... what kind of question is that? of course I'm gonna page her why wouldn't I page her?... So I start writing down my list of questions:
1. Should I be concerned that Scarlett hasn't had a bowel movement in 2 days?
2. She keeps rolling over on her tummy, is that safe?
3. How many days should I wait until I can sponge bathe her? (I know I can't submerse her in water for 6 weeks after surgery, but how long should I wait to sponge bathe her?)
4. Before surgery she was drinking 1-2 ounces per feed, 3 tops, and now she's drinking 1-2 ounces, 3 tops, so it's really nothing different...when can we pull the feeding tube?
5. I've been giving her Colace every 8 hours because she hasn't pooped and she still seems backed up...is that okay even though she's taking all her other medications?
Okay, this time I really only had 5 questions, but just ask Beth... sometimes my little black notebook has no less than 20-25 questions. Hey, I always read that you're supposed to write down your questions and bring them with you do your doctor's appointments so you don't forget. I took those words to heart. I write everything down. ...and I am a naturally inquisitive person. I just want to know.
Last night I gave Scarlett a quasi-bath with some soapy wipes that the hospital sent home with me. My poor little baby had 3 dreadlocks! She was lying on her poor little back for so long that she managed to mat the hair on the back of her head pretty good. I had to take a baby comb and slowly and carefully detangle her matted hair. It's deceivingly long in the back (she has a major comb-over thing going on...). When I took her onesie off to wash/wipe her off, I noticed her chest looks really dry and cracked (red and irritated). So again I page Beth...Is that okay? Can I put Aquaphor on it? So like I said... I feel sorry for Beth.